The Most Popular Dog Names of 2014 top dog names 2014

Choosing the perfect dog name, much like choosing the perfect dog sitter, is an important task with results that last a lifetime. Whether you end up naming your dog something one-of-a-kind or opt for something more on-trend, your dog’s name remains just as unique as they are.

From Angus to Ziggy and everything in between, dug into their database to discover the most popular dog names of 2014, and stumbled across some eye-popping trends along the way. Read on to see if your canine’s moniker made the cut!

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The Down and Dirty

We included a few of our favorite names within the infographic, but here are the top 10 names for each of those categories, and a few others, in order—just in case you aren’t a fan of Kale or Bear:

Top 10 Food Names

  1. Ginger
  2. Pepper
  3. Peanut
  4. Cookie
  5. Olive
  6. Oreo
  7. Honey
  8. Mocha
  9. Sugar
  10. Snickers

Top 10 Drink Names

  1. Brandy
  2. Porter
  3. Guinness
  4. Whiskey
  5. Kahlua
  6. Brewster
  7. Jameson
  8. Miller
  9. Jager
  10. Saki

Top 10 Animal Names

  1. Bear
  2. Teddy
  3. Moose
  4. Tiger
  5. Foxy
  6. Panda
  7. Koko
  8. Puppy
  9. Monkey
  10. Cricket

Top 10 Nature Names

  1. Daisy
  2. Lily
  3. Lilly
  4. Rosie
  5. Shadow
  6. Willow
  7. Sandy
  8. Sunny
  9. Cosmo
  10. Pebbles

Top 10 Pop Culture Names

  1. Rocky
  2. Luna
  3. Marley
  4. Dexter
  5. Oscar
  6. Nala
  7. Lexi
  8. Piper
  9. Bruno
  10. Belle

Top 10 Name Brands

  1. Diesel
  2. Chico
  3. Oakley
  4. Dolce
  5. Chanel
  6. Gucci
  7. Cisco
  8. Zara
  9. Brooks
  10. Armani

Top 10 Disney Names

  1. Nala
  2. Lady
  3. Princess
  4. Belle
  5. Simba
  6. Jasmine
  7. Minnie
  8. Prince
  9. Mickey
  10. Winnie

Top 10 Sports Names

  1. Chase
  2. Champ
  3. Wrigley
  4. Bruiser
  5. Dodger
  6. Astro
  7. Jeter
  8. Polo
  9. Payton
  10. Puck

Other Trends

While there were a number of techie dog names such as Siri, Tesla, Pixel, and Google,’s data showed that overall, we were less obsessed with techie and hipster dog names in 2014. That didn’t stop these names from making it on the list:

  • Yogi
  • Sprout
  • Pikachu
  • Gigabyte

We’ve also become less worldly with our dog names this year. Names related to history, literature, and art saw a slight drop, though many interesting names remained on the list, including:

  • Gatsby
  • Mozart
  • Napoleon
  • Spartacus

Top 100 Male Dog Names of 2014

  1. Max
  2. Buddy
  3. Charlie
  4. Jack
  5. Cooper
  6. Rocky
  7. Toby
  8. Tucker
  9. Jake
  10. Bear
  11. Duke
  12. Teddy
  13. Oliver
  14. Riley
  15. Bailey
  16. Bentley
  17. Milo
  18. Buster
  19. Cody
  20. Dexter
  21. Winston
  22. Murphy
  23. Leo
  24. Lucky
  25. Oscar
  26. Louie
  27. Zeus
  28. Henry
  29. Sam
  30. Harley
  31. Baxter
  32. Gus
  33. Sammy
  34. Jackson
  35. Bruno
  36. Diesel
  37. Jax
  38. Gizmo
  39. Bandit
  40. Rusty
  41. Marley
  42. Jasper
  43. Brody
  44. Roscoe
  45. Hank
  46. Otis
  47. Bo
  48. Joey
  49. Beau
  50. Ollie
  51. Tank
  52. Shadow
  53. Peanut
  54. Hunter
  55. Scout
  56. Blue
  57. Rocco
  58. Simba
  59. Tyson
  60. Ziggy
  61. Boomer
  62. Romeo
  63. Apollo
  64. Ace
  65. Luke
  66. Rex
  67. Finn
  68. Chance
  69. Rudy
  70. Loki
  71. Moose
  72. George
  73. Samson
  74. Coco
  75. Benny
  76. Thor
  77. Rufus
  78. Prince
  79. Chester
  80. Brutus
  81. Scooter
  82. Chico
  83. Spike
  84. Gunner
  85. Sparky
  86. Mickey
  87. Kobe
  88. Chase
  89. Oreo
  90. Frankie
  91. Mac
  92. Benji
  93. Bubba
  94. Champ
  95. Brady
  96. Elvis
  97. Copper
  98. Cash
  99. Archie
  100. Walter

Top 100 Female Dog Names of 2014

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Daisy
  4. Molly
  5. Lola
  6. Sophie
  7. Sadie
  8. Maggie
  9. Chloe
  10. Bailey
  11. Roxy
  12. Zoey
  13. Lily
  14. Luna
  15. Coco
  16. Stella
  17. Gracie
  18. Abby
  19. Penny
  20. Zoe
  21. Ginger
  22. Ruby
  23. Rosie
  24. Lilly
  25. Ellie
  26. Mia
  27. Sasha
  28. Lulu
  29. Pepper
  30. Nala
  31. Lexi
  32. Lady
  33. Emma
  34. Riley
  35. Dixie
  36. Annie
  37. Maddie
  38. Piper
  39. Princess
  40. Izzy
  41. Maya
  42. Olive
  43. Cookie
  44. Roxie
  45. Angel
  46. Belle
  47. Layla
  48. Missy
  49. Cali
  50. Honey
  51. Millie
  52. Harley
  53. Marley
  54. Holly
  55. Kona
  56. Shelby
  57. Jasmine
  58. Ella
  59. Charlie
  60. Minnie
  61. Willow
  62. Phoebe
  63. Callie
  64. Scout
  65. Katie
  66. Dakota
  67. Sugar
  68. Sandy
  69. Josie
  70. Macy
  71. Trixie
  72. Winnie
  73. Peanut
  74. Mimi
  75. Hazel
  76. Mocha
  77. Cleo
  78. Hannah
  79. Athena
  80. Lacey
  81. Sassy
  82. Lucky
  83. Bonnie
  84. Allie
  85. Brandy
  86. Sydney
  87. Casey
  88. Gigi
  89. Baby
  90. Madison
  91. Heidi
  92. Sally
  93. Shadow
  94. Cocoa
  95. Pebbles
  96. Misty
  97. Nikki
  98. Lexie
  99. Grace
  100. Sierra

Even if your name didn’t make the list, you’re always a top dog in our eyes. So next time you leave town, make sure Max and Bella are well cared for by booking a dog sitter who will treat your dog like family. Rover’s got you covered with loving dog sitters across the U.S. including New York, Austin, Cleveland, San Francisco, Rochester, or your city.

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      • says

        We got two golden Lab puppies and my husband named them Winchester and Remington. They are four months old. They now weigh 47 lb.’s each. Beautiful puppies !!!!!

    • Beth says

      I’ve got 3 Shih Tzu’s – Marley, Tuttie and Peaches
      3 Shihpoo’s – Mia, Koda and Jefferson(named after George Jefferson because he’s a little black man with a BIG personality!
      2 Poodles – Baxter and Peanut
      1 Bichon Frise’ – Jay Z
      Plus about 20-some puppies…we just call them “Puppy”!

      • Beth says

        I’ve already got names picked out for the next generation of pups….Maverick, Piper, Cheyanne, Echo, Lexie, Rasin’ A Ruckus (it’s a beautiful reddish brown color) and I’m still on the fence about Blade, Elvis and Twilight.

    • Sarah says

      I rescued pugshire pups 3 years ago. They are brother and sister and we named them Bonnie and Clyde. Just sayin’…

    • Lofa says

      my dog names are granny, lu, pit,eloiseas, and bellybutton (after my favorite cup that i named bellyboo)
      i also realy lik dogs
      my name is lofa coming at you from chicky alabama
      also, i don,t like like cats… but… i do enjoy ther companee. i used to hav a cat name gerfor. her spirit stil livs in ma house. espesaly in my closet. in a bocks. don,t riely no if she died. granny tels me she was mad. my dog name is granny. i like to smell houses
      reply if you agreee.
      lik for suport

  1. All My Pets Call Me Food Lady! says

    I think All My Dogs Have Human Names, Such As: Norman, Milton, Herman, Bernie, & Rivkah. My Cats Have Real Cat Names, Like, Sweet P, Macavity, & Gizzzmo.

  2. Art Carnage says

    “Astro” should be under Pop Culture, not sports. Yes, the Houston Astros *used* to be a baseball team, but that was years ago. Anyone naming their dog Astro these days, is doing it because of The Jetsons, not because of a defunct baseball team.

  3. sophie says

    I haven,t had a dog for 3 years and i don,t know what i should call my new dog got any ideas??? please help. p.s. my new dog is either a brown and black great dane, a beagle or a ridgeback/masstive. thank you :D

  4. Ripalda says

    My dog’s name is Luna, she’s my life companion and I can’t wait for 2015 names.
    Some nice names are:


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  8. Kaitlin says

    I am getting a new puppy in 2 weeks, a standard poodle, she is brown but I have Nooo idea at all what I want to name her! Help!

  9. susan says

    Bentley, my rescued Maltese..Lily my 18 year old cocker…..Michael..rescued cat…Roxy (after rocky) disabled kitty… cows are named Buck Reba Wynona Bella and Sudimae…Horses ..Oreo and Rosie…didn’t name the ducks. ..just call them the girls and the boss…. have to houses for the “martins” .. and the rabbits ..cotton tails and Jacks are showing up…. turkey and deer..their my wild ones… Love the country :-)

    • Alooneetyinga says

      thats sooooooo nice,
      I haf the best hat I namd it dog to!

  10. Deb says

    I have 4 dogs. Each name matches their personalities. Zoey, Molly, Brody and Titan. The boys are brothers but are different size wise. Brody is bouncy and alert and small, Titan is large and a gentle giant. Zoey is bouncy and Molly is mellow.

  11. Rick says

    Through our married life, we have had numerous dogs.
    Sonny: malamute
    Andy: Old English Sheepdog
    J.R.: Cocker Spaniel
    Randy (our favorite, but don’t tell the others): Golden Retriever
    Homer: Chocolate Lab
    And our newest and current and only. Freddy: a short-legged idiot mix from a shelter.
    We love(d) all of our dogs. Each had a distinct personality. We miss all of those who have crossed the ‘rainbow bridge’ and remember them with fondness. Freddy is a handful and because he was a stray we don’t know any of his previous history. He is a very active dog and doesn’t relate well to strangers. but given time, he becomes very attached to people. Our daughter recently moved back in with us, and it took four days before he would not bark and growl when she came in the house. Now he follows her around and is happy for the attention she can now give him.

  12. etamni says

    When I was young, we had a dog named “Rocky” but this wasn’t a pop culture reference — indeed, this predated the “Rocky” movies by many years — we were having trouble coming up with a name we all liked. Well, he was out in the grass in the back yard and someone said he looked like a pile of rocks. The name stuck. He’s long gone now, but it’s neat that his name is number one in any category!

  13. Bryan says

    I have a female German Shepherd and we named her Gemma, from Sons of Anarchy due to her black and blonde hair.

    • Jourdan says

      I love that you named her Gemma! I also love that show, have every season and was just watching it actually lol. I am going to be getting male and female rott pups and I was thinking about naming them after Jax and Tara :) Love to know someone else out there who loves that show :)

  14. Marie says

    Awesome but Im gonna have a male puppy and Im stuck between Joey and Benji can I ask for advice? Thank you :)

  15. battlemaiden says

    Diddy is short for Diddybicha or Did he bite you. have had lots of fun with this name.. He is a sweet Jack Russell and doesn’t bite

    • Debra says

      I have a tiny Morkie. Her name is Ally. She is a handful. My daughter has her brother. She named him VazPoochie. I think she should have named him Mr. Sprinkles. He is 4 months old and having a difficult time with potty training. But he is so darn cute.

  16. Shirley says

    Rottweiler/German Shepherd/Black Lab/Collie mix – named Deucalion (pronounced DEW-kay-lee-un) from Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein, but we just call him Duke.

  17. Don says

    Adirondacks Midnight Shadow, Adirondacks Black Zackariah and Adirondacks Samantha Carter. my three Labradors. My sisters 3 Labradors were LaMist Cloud of the Moor, Tartan of the Highlands and Dirk of the Hebrides.

  18. Lana says

    I clicked on the yahoo post that said “4 Dog Behaviors That Mean They Love You” And instead I get a list of dog names ????

  19. maxi says

    Article is fun. However, it’s supposed to be four ways you know your dog loves you. Where’s that one?

  20. lmg says

    My family and i have picked the most unique names for our girls…
    A white chihuahua named Mochi b/c she curls up to look like a mochi ball.
    A german shepard named Mieke (Pronounced Mika) as in the movie Eurotrip.
    A mastiff/pitbull mix named Mulan after the Disney movie Mulan (she is strong, but gentle)

  21. says

    there is a dog on the street and perfectly clean and healthy and barly met him a few days ago. Hes been following me every were cause I have a little chihuhau and it is a inside dog and i have to take him restroom out side and i met him . The dog it was a girl ever since it has been following me every were and it leaves at night and comes back in the morning .but it always go’s in my nieghbors back yard cause it jumps the fence. then comes right back over the fence and waits until i come out side with the dog….P.S
    Named it Ranesmay nick name nesmay. did not keep it just out side and i give it water and pertecs me.

  22. GG says

    Rescued a puppy from the interstate ramp Sat. I named him Brutus Maximus but I also like Blaze. Our bulldog is Marley.

  23. Tessa says

    I have 3 brown male Yorkshire Terrier puppies 12 weeks old- Kansas Napoleon, Cosmos Aidran and Trexis Devont and my sister just got a female Labrador Bellisa Carlie Allexis 15 weeks old and my sister and brother in law have had a female Shitzhu for almost a year now named Averie Beatrice

  24. Haylie says

    My husband and Ihave a Shih Tzu Maltese cross breed named Arabella Venice. My brother and his wife have a Cocker Spaniel named Jimm Edmond and my sister an her husband have two Scottish terriers both female named Chiya Amelia Becky and Iris Bambi Teresa and a 2 female Yorkshire terriers named Ananya Suraya Lanne and Milla Elisabeth Seriyse

  25. Sara says

    Both my dogs have human names- Becky Francessca and Polly Jessica but my sisters 3 dogs don’t really have human names they are called (all female) Luanndra Indigo Tylas, Cosmos Olymia Silper and Regiamma Yvonna Boeta. We have very creative names!!

  26. HannahHannah says

    My and my husbands 4 dogs (2 fem 2 male) are called Pia, Emili, Xavier and Walter

    My sister and her husbands 3 dogs (1 male 2 fem) are called Eddy, Lillian and Betha

    My brother and his wife’s 2 dogs both female are called Amilia Frannie and Alna Frances

    We are getting a new puppy female next month called Jemima

  27. Sophia@ says

    My 2 female dogs are called Tess and Tiki and we are getting a new male puppy next month called Tyler

    My cousin has 4 female dogs all beginning with T as well! Tami, Taffy, Tillie and Tanya!

  28. PuppyloveAnna says

    My family are getting a new female puppy in 2 weeks named Sadie and my mom and dad are getting Sadies sister named Angella

    Other dogs in my family and friends I know are called: Frances, Ariel Anne, Carl, Norman, Kiki, Rover, Lunanne and Saffron (saffy for short)

  29. Rachael says

    My family’s 5 adorable tiny dogs are 3 female 2 male called Marti, Benji, Carli, Sofi and Nivvi

    Some of the names of my friends dogs: Tyler, Mimi, Fraser, Gio, Sandie, Kayla, Quenzo, Lilzid


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